Saturday, November 8, 2014

Holidays and Observances for November 8 2014

Abet and Aid Punsters Day


November 8th has officially been designated as "Abet and Aid Punsters Day." It is a day to make dreadful puns and encourage others to do the same. Laugh wholeheartedly instead of groaning.

A pun is a joke that relies on wordplay – words that sound the same but are spelled differently (homonyms), words that have more than one meaning, or idioms (phrases that are not literal).

For some reason, puns are often treated as a lower grade of humor than other jokes, and people often groan when they hear them. But today we elevate and celebrate the lowly pun!

Here are some puns to get you started:
  • A man drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.
  • Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.
  • Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.
  • To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
  • A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’
  • Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day


Normally falling in the late autumn, Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is an event that leaves little to the imagination. In other words, cooking something original, spicy and even a bit offensive is the entire intent of this day. Still, it is not meant to merely represent a disgusting concoction of disparate ingredients. Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is intended to celebrate the use of herbs such as garlic and hot pepper to promote health and longevity.

While falling in November (generally), there is indeed no set date to recognise this event. As should already be suspected, the best way to recognize Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is by (you have guessed it) cooking something bold and pungent. By using a bit of imagination, one may even find that a surprisingly original dish can be created. When boldness is combined with innovation, some interesting results can occur!

This is the day that you can indulge with bold and pungent foods and here are some of the foods that you can cook for this day.
  • Kimchi
  • Pad Thai
  • Natto
  • Garlic Chips
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Blue Cheese Pasta Sauce
  • Fried Stuffed Olives with Butter
Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day is being celebrated by preparing Bold and Pungent foods. This is the perfect day to try foods that has strong smell and taste. It is the day to get out of your comfort zone when it comes on food.

It is better if you will arrange a get together with your family and friends and all the people who will join the get together will bring their Bold and Pungent Food for everyone to enjoy. It is a day to enjoy different Bold and Pungent foods while catching up with your family and friends.


National Cappuccino Day



Need a little pick-me-up to get you through the day? You’re in luck - November 8 is National Cappuccino Day!

The cappuccino only began to become popular in America in the 1980s. This has led some people to believe that the cappuccino is a "new" drink. However, this drink actually dates back hundreds of years and has been enjoyed by generations in Italy and continental Europe.

In Europe, coffee drinking was originally based on the traditional Ottoman style of preparation. Water and coffee beans were brought to a boil, and sometimes sugar was added. This is similar to modern-day Turkish coffee preparation.

By the late 1700s, the British and French had started filtering coffee beans from their coffee. Gradually, filtered and brewed coffee became more popular than boiled coffee. It was around this time that the term 'cappuccino' originated (though it was not used to describe the drink as we know it).

'Cappuccinos' first popped up as the 'Kapuziner' in Viennese coffee houses in the 1700s. A description of the 'Kapuziner' from 1805 described it as "coffee with cream and sugar", and a description of the drink from 1850 adds "spices" to the recipe. Either way, these drinks had a brown color similar to the robes worn by the Capuchin ('Kapuzin') friars in Vienna, and this is where their name came from. (A similar drink from the time was known as the 'Franziskaner'; it was made with more milk and named after the lighter-brown robes of the Franciscan monks.) The word 'Capuchin' literally means cowl or hood in Italian, and it was a name given to the Capuchin monks for their hooded robes.

Although the name 'Kapuziner' was used in Vienna, the actual cappuccino was invented in Italy and the name was adapted to become 'Cappuccino'. It was first made in the early 1900s, shortly after the popularization of the espresso machine in 1901. The first record of the cappuccino we have found was in the 1930s. Cappuccini (as they are known in Italy) gradually became popular in cafes and restaurants across the country. At this time, espresso machines were complicated and bulky, so they were limited to specialized cafes and were operated solely by baristi. Italian coffee culture involved sitting around in these specialized cafes for hours, enjoying espresso, cappuccinos, caffe lattes and other drinks over conversation and reading. Photos from the era indicate that cappuccinos were served in the "Viennese" style, which is to say that they were topped with whipped cream and cinnamon or chocolate shavings.

After World War II, the cappuccino making went through some improvements and simplifications in Italy. This was largely thanks to better and more widely available espresso machines, which introduced the so-called "Age of Crema". These improvements and the post-WWII affluence across parts of Europe set the stage for cappuccino's eventual worldwide popularity. This is when the modern cappuccino was born, so to speak, as it is when all the elements we now consider to make a great cappuccino (good espresso, a balance of steamed and frothed milk, presence of crema and a small, pre-heated porcelain cup) were all in play.

Cappuccinos first became popular across continental Europe and England. (In England, the first popularized form of espresso was, in fact, the cappuccino. It spread across the island easily because the Brits were already accustomed to drinking coffee with milk by that time, but the distinct texture and the cafe culture of the cappuccino set it apart from regular coffee with milk.) Later, the drink moved to Australia, South America and elsewhere in Europe. They then spread to America beginning in the 1980s, primarily due to its marketing in coffee shops (which had previously been more like diners with black coffee on offer). In the 1990s, the introduction of cafe culture (and higher priced drinks which correlated to the longer use of a seat in the coffee shop) made cappuccinos, lattes and similar drinks a big hit in the US. More recently, the finally appeared elsewhere in the world, largely due to Starbucks. (See these international Starbucks menus for more examples of Starbucks' spread of coffee drinks around the world.)

For the most part, contemporary cappuccinos are made with espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk. However, in some parts of the world, cappuccinos are still made more like Viennese Kapuziners, complete with whipped cream and other additives. This includes Vienna, much of Austria and Europe (such as Budapest, Prague, Bratislava and other parts of the former Austrian empire). This even includes even Trieste, Italy, a city which now borders on Slovenia and which has been held by various countries over the years. Since the 1950s, both cappuccinos and Kapuziners have been served in espresso bars since the 1950s.

Over the last three decades, automatic beverage machines in America and in some other countries have sold a drink that is called a 'cappuccino'. These drinks are often made with brewed coffee or instant coffee powder and with powdered milk or milk substitute. They are not foamed and frothed, but are whipped inside the machine to create bubbles. This unfortunate drink bears little relation to a true cappuccino.

In recent years, some European cappuccino customs have changed. Most notably, some Europeans (particularly those in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain) have begun to drink cappuccino throughout the entire day rather than only in the morning. Now, cappuccinos are popular at cafes in the afternoon and at restaurants after dinner.

And in case you were worried you’d be bouncing off the walls if you tried a cappuccino today, don’t - it has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, it’s just more concentrated.

National Dunce Day


There may not be an official ‘Dunce’ organization, but there sure is a National Dunce Day. The National Dunce Day is observed on November 8.

November 8 is the death anniversary of a Scottish theologian and philosopher, John Duns Scotus. He originated the ‘Dunce Cap,’ a cone shaped hat with ‘Dunce’ or ‘D’ printed on it. According to Scotus, the cap can channel knowledge to the students. He used to be known scholar and religious leader. However, due to his political/religious stand, he was not favored in the country and his beliefs were twisted into jokes. His doctrinal theories became highly controversial. His ‘Dunce Cap’ became a symbol of stupidity and eventually was used as a symbol of embarrassment, humiliation or punishment.

Today, we do not use the ‘Dunce Cap,’ but the word ‘dunce’ is used widely to denote someone who is unwilling to learn new things or someone who is not capable of scholarship. The most frequent use of the term is in connection to government bodies or officials.

National Dunce Day can be celebrated in the same way as we celebrate the April’s Fools Day. It is just a day to celebrate STUPIDITY! A day to wear the ‘Dunce Cap’ and to do some stupid activities!

National Harvey Wallbanger Day


Each year on November 8, many people all across the country like to mix 3 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 6 parts orange juice, pour it into a highball glass, garnish it with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry and celebrate National Harvey Wallbanger Day.

According to legend, this easy cocktail was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer, but no one knows for certain. Originally a California phenomenon, the drink gained national attention in 1970 when TWA featured the cocktail on its in-flight menu with easy appetizers.

The Harvey Wallbanger appears in literature as early as 1971. The cocktail is reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone (Paolantonio). The Harvey Wallbanger's popularity is largely a result of the promotional efforts of George Bednar, a former football player and Galliano sales manager based in California. The drink purportedly was named after a Manhattan Beach surfer who was a regular patron of Duke's Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood during the early 1950s.

National Parents As Teachers Day


November 8 is national Parents as Teachers Day…a day to recognize the thousands of organizations offering Parents as Teachers services across the country and around the world. Here’s to the thousands of parent educators who give parents of young children support and information so all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

In 1981, Missouri pioneered the concept of helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher. Today, Parents as Teachers continues to equip early childhood organizations and professionals with information and tools that are relevant—and widely applicable—to today’s parents, families and children.

The Parents as Teachers leadership team and Board of Directors is engaged in a three-year strategic plan, which positions the organization as a valued partner to support the organizations and professionals who serve families and children, especially those most vulnerable.

The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in the 1970s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child's development of learning skills, including reading and writing.

Early childhood professionals suggested that a program to provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, and parent education to help parents understand their role in encouraging their child's development from the beginning could help improve school readiness and parent involvement. 

With funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and The Danforth Foundation, Parents as Teachers began in 1981 in Missouri as a pilot project for first-time parents of newborns. Recognizing the program's benefits and cost effectiveness, the Missouri legislature provided state funding in 1985 to implement Parents as Teachers programs in all Missouri school districts. Since 1985, Parents as Teachers has expanded to all 50 states and six other countries.

World Radiography Day


World Radiography Day is celebrated on 8 November each year. The date marks the anniversary of the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895.

Radiographers worldwide can use the day and the days around the date to promote radiography as a career, as a vital contribution to modern healthcare and as a chance to increase public awareness of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy.

So what is radiography, exactly?  Well there are two kinds: a type of radiography that diagnoses a disease or condition and the type that is therapeutic. 

A diagnostic radiographer has to work with special imaging equipment that allows them to see what's going on.  There are several types, most of which you'll have heard of!

The x-ray looks through your bones, cavities and any foreign objects that might have found their way into your system.  A fluoroscope takes a real-time picture of the digestive system; an MRI scan builds a 2D or 3D map of the tissue in your body; and an angiography looks into the blood vessels in your body.  They've got it all covered!

The ultrasound is probably one of the most commonly known methods of radiography.  Because it's how radiographers can check how a developing baby is getting on - and is used to check for soon-to-be parents that their little one's heartbeat and everything else is working as it should be.

So what about the therapeutic radiographer?  Or as they more known as - radiotherapy radiographers.  Try saying that ten times!

Radiotherapy is used to treat patients with cancer.   Over a period of time x-ray and iodine radiation doses are delivered to the patient - and has been successful on several occasions in saving lives.

For both the radiographers need to know what they're doing!  And that means having a sound knowledge of technology, the anatomy of the human body - and physiology - and pathology!  Phew!